Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Furnace’

Heating Maintenance Benefits Older Furnaces (Even When They’re New)

Monday, March 26th, 2018

heating-maintenance-servicesWe’re reaching the end of heating season, even though there are still plenty of cool days left before the weather really starts to warm up. This is the right time of the year to schedule a maintenance session for your heating system and give the technician a chance to look it over for any damage that may have been incurred over the winter. This is especially the case for older heating systems, which suffer more from the wear and tear, but it can serve as a preventive measure for new systems as well.

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Don’t Wait for a Breakdown to Call for Furnace Repair

Monday, December 4th, 2017

furnace-repair-serviceHeating season is well underway and temperatures are going to get a lot colder as winter approaches. You’ve likely been using your furnace for some time now, and soon enough you’ll be using it every day. Heating is far more than a luxury in our neck of the woods, and if yours is having a problem, you need to get it treated right away. It can make a great difference not only in terms of getting the repairs made in a timely fashion, but in the costs involved as well.

Unfortunately, most homeowners tend to wait until the system breaks down before calling in repairs. We all have busy lives to lead, and the immediate pressures of work and family can often take priority over something like the heating system. Unfortunately, this can be an expensive mistake. You shouldn’t wait for the system to flat-out stop working before recognizing a problem and calling in a repair service.

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The Benefits of Furnace Service

Monday, September 25th, 2017

heating-maintenance-servicesCool weather has returned, and many homeowners in the area are already using their furnaces to keep their homes warm in the face of dropping temperatures. Now is an excellent time to have your furnace serviced by a trained technician. It can provide a number of benefits that will pay off throughout the winter, and now is the perfect time to do so, while the weather is relatively warm. Doing so will allow you to enjoy many benefits.

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Is Your Heating System Ready to Go?

Monday, August 28th, 2017

heater-comfortable-homeWe’re still experiencing high temperatures on a regular basis, but with the approach of Labor Day, it’s time to look forward to the fall, when your air conditioner can have a rest and your heating system will be counted on to keep your home comfortable. Now is an excellent time to make sure the heater is ready to go, so that you don’t encounter any serious issues when you need it to perform.

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How to Choose a New Furnace

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Heating__dreamstime_xl_28529517_2-meWe’re still in the throes of winter here in Ohio, but spring starts in less than a month, and while cool weather will likely continue, we’re on the tail end of the need for our heating systems. If your furnace is on its last legs, you can probably set up a replacement in the off-season to get a new one put in. There are a number of advantages to doing so. Since you won’t need your heater and can arrange for the replacement according to your schedule, instead of rushing the way you would if an old heater breaks down for the last time in the middle of winter.

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Causes of Low Air Flow in Your Heater

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Many homes in the Rocky River, OH area rely on forced-air furnaces to keep warm in the winter. They work by generated heat via a series of burners that warm the air through a heat exchanger, then blow the warmed air through your ducts with a fan. It’s a reliable and efficient system, but it can still run into trouble from time to time. Only a qualified repair technician can properly identify a problem with your heating system and make repairs, but certain common symptoms often crop up that will alert you to the problem. With forced-air furnaces, this includes a reduced flow of air through your ducts. Here’s a quick breakdown of why that happens and how it causes problems for your system.

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Safety Mechanisms on Furnaces

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Gas-powered furnaces once had a reputation as potentially dangerous installations because of the threat of carbon monoxide leaks and explosions. However, contemporary natural gas furnaces are much safer than older models, and as long as you make certain that your home’s furnace receives regular maintenance check-ups and prompt repair work, you shouldn’t expect to encounter serious dangers from it. Always leave repair work to HVAC professionals who are experienced with how the different models of furnaces operate. You can count on the NATE-certified technicians at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to help you whenever you require repairs or maintenance for your furnace in Avon, OH.

Today’s furnaces have a number of safety mechanisms, which differ from model to model. Here are some of the more common ones:

  • Thermocouple: Standing pilot lights are only used now on water heaters, but if you still have an older furnace with a standing pilot, its main safety device is a component called a thermocouple. This pair of metallic strips detects the heat from the pilot light and sends a current to keep open the gas valve to the burners as long as it stays lit. Should the pilot light go out, the thermocouple closes the valve, preventing unburned combustion gas from flooding the chamber.
  • Electric flame sensor: Since standing pilot lights are now rare, electric flame sensors are used to determine if a heat source exists to burn the gas when it enters the burner. Computerized controls only ignite the gas when necessary, making newer furnaces far safer than older units.
  • Limit switch: The limit switch is located on the plenum inside the furnace and detects when the furnace’s temperature rises too high. When the temperature exceeds the limit switch’s upper level, it shuts off the gas and turns on a blower fan to reduce the temperature. When the temperature drops down to safe levels again, the limit switch permits the burner to come back on.
  • Solid state circuitry: Should the temperature in a furnace continue to rise due to constant overheating, the circuitry will shut off the entire system.

Modern furnaces have more safety controls then ever: some may have four different mechanisms. Although this makes furnaces safer, it also makes it even more important that you only allow experienced professionals to handle any repairs for the system. Technicians must be familiar with all the different controls in a furnace so they can determine why the furnace malfunctioned, and later restore the safety mechanisms to working order.

At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, our heating repair and maintenance technicians are experienced and certified to see that you receive the best care possible for your furnace in Avon, OH. To keep your home warm and safe, rely on our services. Give us a call today.

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Are There Any Furnace Repairs I Can Do on My Own?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Doing home repairs yourself can seem like a good idea, but the truth is that, unless you are an expert at a chosen task, you may do more harm than good. Case in point: furnace repairs. Furnaces are complex combustion systems that are not for novices to work on. Choosing to repair your own furnace in Westlake may actually make your problems worse and potentially compromise your safety – two things that are definitely not worth risking. But there are other reasons to consider hiring an expert from Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to repair your furnace system.

  • Specialized tools – there are a few reasons why a trained technician arrives with a company van; one of these reasons is because all of the tools he/she needs are inside it. There are a number of specialized tools needed to work on heating systems, and unless you have all of them, as a technician will, it may be challenging to correctly repair your furnace.
  • Time is money – trained professionals do repair work every day. As such, they are both effective and fast at what they do. A trained professional doesn’t have to figure out things every step of the way – he/she knows the layout of the furnace and what to look for – do you?
  • Mistakes cost money – furnaces are complex systems with many components. Making a mistake with one can lead to a variety of problems that you may not be able to fix. As a homeowner, you have to weigh your ability to truly fix something against the possibility that you could make it worse and potentially more expensive to repair.
  • You may find bigger problems – it isn’t unusual to find other, more serious problems once you start investigating the initial problem. Do you have the expertise to correctly repair the other problem(s) you are discovering?

DIY is a nice idea – for those with the knowledge and expertise to truly perform repairs as needed. For most people, the best decision is to hire a trained professional. If you experience problems with your furnace in Westlake, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning and schedule a service appointment with one of our specialists.

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The Best Ways to Protect Your Furnace This Summer

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Spring is here, and with it, the cold temperatures that make your heater a daily necessity as slowly giving way to blue skies and warm days. That means your furnace probably won’t see much use between now and next fall. Here in Avon, furnace use will drop off considerably in the next few weeks until the time comes to put your air conditioning system on the same rigorous schedule that your furnace was once. Even though your heater is going into mothballs for a few months, however, you want it to perform at its best when you have need of it again next fall. Here’s a general guideline on the best ways to protect your furnace this summer.

It starts with a routine furnace maintenance session from a qualified technician. He or she can clean dirty parts, tighten loose components, unclog burners that may be choked with detritus and perform a thorough inspection designed to spot any potential problems that may still be in the development stages. If he or she notices one, you can then plan for a repair session at your leisure. Because you won’t be needing the heater for a time, you have a lot of flexibility and can fit the repair session into your schedule without worrying about the timing. (Contrast this with scheduling a session during the winter, when time is a factor and you need it to run ASAP.)

You can further protect your furnace by running it every few weeks during the summer, for at least 15 minutes or more, and checking for any signs of problems. (Ideally, you can do it at night when things are cooler.) Again, that gives you a jump on any lingering issues, and lets you take care of it before you have need of your heater.

If you know the best ways to protect your furnace this summer, the next step is to contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to help you out. Furnace maintenance and other heating system services in Avon are a regular part of our service, and we’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction at every step of the way. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.

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Noises Your Furnace Should Not Be Making

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Your furnace is an important part of your household, providing reliable heat and comfort during the cold months of winter. In towns like Westlake, furnace technology is the best line of defense against Ohio’s notoriously bad winter weather. Whether it’s a traditional gas furnace, a boiler, or an alternative form of heating such as a heat pump or a radiant system, your heating system needs to function when you need it to. Part of that equation means spotting signs of trouble before they get out of hand. Noises, in particular, are a harbinger of problems, and if you hear any odd sounds from your heater, you should shut it off and call in a repair service immediately.

Here’s a brief list of noises your furnace should not be making.

  • Grinding noises. This usually indicates metal parts, such as the fan, grinding against other parts: increasing friction and enhancing the chances of a motor overload.
  • Booming noises; especially when the furnace starts up. This might mean a problem with the burners releasing too much gas, or a similar issue.
  • Rattling noises. Rattling noises could mean a loose bolt or other object in the heater itself, or a fan motor or similar component that is loose in its housings and vibrating as it works.
  • Groaning noises. Groaning noises sometimes arise on a cold day when you first start your furnace up. The cold metal of the ducts can sometimes stretch a bit when the warm air hits it. On the other hand, it could indicate a component under considerable stress, and in any case probably merits the attention of a service professional.
  • Clunking noise. A clunking sound could indicate a fan blade that is out of alignment, or a cracked fan belt which is thumping in its rotation.

In general, any noise you’re not accustomed to hearing is probably a noise your furnace should not be making. Furnace repair in Westlake can be handled by the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. If you’re having a problem with your heating system, then don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call!

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